Frizington, Cumberland, England
Small Cabinet, 8.1 x 3.3 x 3.1 cm

A GEM crystal of this important old classic, in a stunning aesthetic that I am shocked survived a century or more unscathed: these were mined in the early to late 1800's. Specimens like this, with modern aesthetic qualitya nd in such pristine condition, only survived under careful curation. It is read-through transparent quality, in person, though the camera cannot emphasize the gemminess as much as the human eye does. The piece has an old label attached to it characteristic of prices and style of label in the early 1900's, and then was sold by the London dealership Gregory & Bottley in the mid-1900's. For the size, it is one of the finest gem barites I have seen of this style, as the main crystal is doubly terminated, totaly pristine, and has no damage (though the sidecar crystals are broken on their tips). The piece displays both vertical and horizontal, to equal effect. Joe Budd photos.